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2-hour evacuation



Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



2-hour evacuation

ROGERS -- Firefighters evacuated this village for about two hours Wednesday night while they worked on a jackknifed tanker truck carrying propane.

The truck did not leak, and there were no injuries. The driver was not cited.

Fire Chief Robert Mercer said the truck jackknifed about 5 p.m. while turning from southbound state Route 7 to westbound state Route 154. The truck held about 9,100 gallons of propane.

The village, which has about 300 residents, was evacuated as a precaution. Mercer said some residents were sent to the Negley Fire Station.

The Rogers Fire Station was too close to the truck to serve as an evacuation site, he added.

By 7 p.m., the truck had been removed from the intersection, and village residents were allowed back into their homes.

Current affairs panel

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Five military experts will participate in the fourth annual current affairs panel from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday at Grove City College.

The panel, presented by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, will meet in Sticht Lecture Hall in the Hall of Arts and Letters.

"Conflict Resolution in the 21st Century" is this year's topic.

Speakers are: Col. Thomas McShane of the U.S. Army, a Grove City instructor for national security and legal studies; Lt. Col. Philip A. Bennett, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, a certified protection professional in international security and intelligence; Lt. Col. Eric A. Kivi, U.S. Air Force, a special operations C-130 pilot; Col. Kenneth J. Lassus, U.S. Army, a recent adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs on prevention and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and Lt. Col. Ken Turner, U.S. Army, an expert in chemical weapons and psychological operations.

The session is open to the public.

Nursing home hire

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- John Hughes of New Castle has been hired as acting administrator of Hill View Manor for the next 30 days. Hughes, who most recently worked at Avalon Nursing Home in New Castle, took over at midnight Wednesday after Complete HealthCare Solutions of Horsham, Pa., pulled out as the home's management firm.

The company contends it had not been paid its $12,000 monthly fee for the last six months. Hughes will be paid $5,000 for 30 days of work, said Commissioner Roger DeCarbo. DeCarbo said Hughes will be in place until a final sales agreement is signed with Sylvan Heights Realty LLC of New Castle to buy the nursing home and surrounding land.

Sylvan Heights has said it will continue to operate the nursing home and develop the property for homes and office space.

Recorder is candidate

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Rhonda McClelland, Mercer County's recorder of deeds, is seeking a second four-year term in office on the Republican ticket in the May primary.

The recorder's office is a library for attorneys, bankers, real estate dealers, surveyors and title companies researching information on property in the county. All real estate transactions are recorded there.

Unlike most county offices, the recorder's office doesn't rely on tax dollars to operate. It generates enough revenue through fees to meet its $212,000 annual budget and put another $173,000 a year into the county's general fund, McClelland said.

Coroner to run

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle III has announced that he will seek re-election in the May primary.

McGonigle, a Republican, was first elected in 1991 and is seeking his fourth term in the part-time office.

He is president of J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home in Sharon.

He and his wife, Sally, live in Hermitage with their sons, Bradley, 11, and John , 7.

Spaghetti fund-raiser

TRANSFER, Pa. -- Cub Scout Pack 59 will serve a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Carini's Restaurant, 1 Edgewood Drive, just off Pa. Route 18.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under age 12.

Takeouts are available.

Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and a drink.

Robbins on panel

HARRISBURG -- State Sen. Robert Robbins of Greenville, R-50th, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Council, created in 2000 to oversee the reform of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Specifically, the council is charged with ensuring that the PIAA complies with 13 specific organizational reforms dealing with such issues as open meetings, proper financial accounting and student eligibility.

The Oversight Council has the authority to shut down and replace the PIAA if it fails to meet the reform measures.




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